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Good luck on your training. Your husband will be hunting ptarmigan and grouse? Does he need any help?
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You know he's an excellent shot. I can always use some help though! I have no clue what I am doing. Grouse are usually in a group and ptarmigan are loners. They all taste good. Have your birds all flown south yet?
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The best part of our season is in January. So far I've done some pheasant hunting. I really should check out our grouse habitat although my grouse woods have changed.

Do you do any brant shooting on the coast? I love brant shooting.
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Never heard of a brant. What kind of bird is it? Alaska has so many different habitats. Often birds come through from up north that we never see unless they are migrating.
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Never heard of a brant. What kind of bird is it? Alaska has so many different habitats. Often birds come through from up north that we never see unless they are migrating.
A brant is a salt water goose. It in fact looks a lot like a Canada goose. Instead of a white cheek patch it has a white slash on its neck. Also smaller than the Canadas we get here.
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Sunday we will be pheasant hunting. I am doing one of my favorite things and that is I am introducing two new people to pheasant hunting. These fellows say they can shoot but Sunday we will know for sure.

I am hoping to get out an additional day this week. I know a swamp that everyone avoids that I think will hold some birds. I can try out my new boots, Le Chameau boots.
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Trained with the Pro yesterday and the set up was a humdinger.
Water, set in a flooded timber type setting.
1st bird down was a straight out from the line, longish mark, though pond, run across a flat and then up a small hill and landed knee high grass.
2nd bird down was a 80 degree swing to the right, same pond as before (asking for a cheat), over a road and back in a flooded, splashing water, lots of grass clumps poking up, field.
Go bird 180 swing to the left though the part of the pond that had trees standing in water and low hanging branches (also a cheat mark) over a small piece of land and back in the water.
The blind was about 30 degrees to the right of the Go bird. The line ran though the flooded trees past a floating log, the exit was over a few down branches up the bank and maybe 15 yards from the waters edge. The marks were thrown out of wingers so she got sound from the wingers and a gunner was at the long 1st mark. I ran this HRC style, so on the bucket and shooting the gun. When I walked to the line I asked how I'm I running this, forgetting that we are running with the Big Dogs Now.
Pro: You're running the triple.
Me: Show me single first?
Pro: No
Me: Long bird as first Mark down or last
Pro: First
Me: Really?
Pro: Don't worry, we'll give her help if she needs it.
Me: (deep breath) OK

First bird goes down, we swing to #2 and she watches it go down. On the 3rd mark I'm reminded to talk to her so she makes that big 180 swing and she watches #3 go down. I send her for #3, no cheat and she picks it up. We swing 180 to pick up #2, she tries to cheat the bank, call her back, send again, good line and she picks it up. Set her up for the long bird, but you can tell she knows there is another one out there but not quite sure where. The gunner is told to step out, still no lock. Gunner is told to give a "hey, hey" and she locks in and is sent. Nice drive out to the AOF and after a big hunt she figures it out and picks up the bird. We line up for the blind. I send her and she pops after about 7 yards, unsure. I give her one back cast and she carries it across the pond, hits the perfect line in between the trees and past the floating log, hops over the branches on the bank, gets up on the flat and picks up the blind. We ran the blind again and she lines it.
I know it probably doesn't sound that exciting but we have only been running easy, teaching land triples. This was a Master type water triple and it was not a disaster. It was not a picture perfect but you could see that we can build into it.

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We had a great day training today....well really, we didn't spend much time training. Instead we were hunting Chukkars. Tito had a BLAST!



CH Rosewood Little Giant, VCD2 UDX VER RA MHU SH MXP MJP MFP T2BP TD DJ VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UH UUD UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)

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We have been working with both Reilly my 5 year old boy and Lucy my now 6 month old girl. Reilly was really slow. He would calmly walk to the dummy, pick it up and walk it back, wagging his tail the whole way. It was very strange. We thought he's be more peppy. But over the last week, he's improved his speed. So we are very happy with him. I haven't started him on doubles yet, but I will next week.

Lucy did well in retrieving class today. She's on the mat with another girl from her litter. They both just turned 6 months this week. They were super patient waiting for their turns. There were only 4 puppies in class today, so we had plenty of time to work with each of them. They are all super excited to retrieve. We keep the throws down to only 3 or 4 times in a set so they don't over do it. We are working Lucy on doubles now. She's totally happy to do it. No problems.

I just wish it was above zero for class today. But oh well, it will be warm again in May. Right now we can work in the marshes on the ice and run all over since they are frozen.
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Maybe Reilly is smart enough to know that bumpers can be BORING, whereas birds, ahhh, now that's Heaven!



CH Rosewood Little Giant, VCD2 UDX VER RA MHU SH MXP MJP MFP T2BP TD DJ VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UH UUD UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)

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